Man ‘cries his eyes out’ as garden worth thousands left underwater when it rains

A devastated couple that reportedly spent thousands of pounds on their dream garden are now seeking compensation after a new road left it six inches underwater.

Robert and Zita Dent claim their beloved well-groomed garden and magnificent animal statues get covered in mud and dirt every time it rains heavily.

Their garden issues allegedly began back in November 2018 when Kent County Council made the decision to tarmac an overgrown lane behind their house.

But they say the new lane was installed 'without proper drainage', and water came gushing into the garden every time it rained.

The once flower-filled garden is now reportedly ruined and the couple say they are unable to enjoy the green space they have worked on for 23 years.

The council has tried to rectify the issue with a new drain installation three years on, but the couple say its 'too little too late'.

Mrs Dent, 59, said: "When it floods it's like a waterfall coming in under the gate.

"It happens about three or four times each year but we're just waiting for the next lot of rain to see if the new drain really has solved it.

"All the silt and the mud left behind means going out to the car can be very slippery. I slipped and jolted my back and it had me in tears."

Mrs Dent added: "The last time it flooded I sat and cried my eyes out because we've spent so much time and money to have a nice garden and it has been ruined and nobody seems to care.

"Since this started I've stopped working on it because I've lost heart and I don't sit out there anymore.

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"I want compensation because this has all got to be re-laid but nobody seems to care about the damage.

"Before everyone complimented my garden and now it's a mess."

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A council spokesperson said: "We were approached about surface water flooding associated with a Public Right of Way in Dowding Way.

"Officers have completed comprehensive and extensive work, beyond our remit, to mitigate the impact of rainfall on this property and spoken at length with the resident affected.

"While we are satisfied the drainage system is able to cope with normal levels of rainfall, people have a responsibility to take measures to protect their own properties."

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